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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "UK National Lottery" <>
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2021 17:08:15 -0700
Subject: Lottery Winning Notification !!!

We happily announce to you the draw (#471) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, onli=
ne Sweepstakes International program held on 1st September, 2021. =

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 with Serial num=
ber 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 05 21 23 28 40 48 26( bonus no.),which=
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonu=
s. =

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World =
Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000=
unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This pr=
omotion takes place weekly until the end of the year.(31/12/2021)

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of =A33,000,000.00 =
(Three Million Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent and Provide him=
with the information to his email address you find below: =

Name, Address, Marital Status, Telephone Number, Age, Nationality
Mr. Emmanuel Hackett =

Email: =

( Fiduciary Agent)

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